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wooden bowl filled with chickpea and vegetables salad

I have a little column and recipe up at Food52 today! It’s about the wonderful experience of making magic out of just your pantry ingredients and what you have laying around. This week it’s a super flexible chickpea and vegetable bowl and I talk through a few ways it can adapt based on what you have handy. I hope you enjoy!

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4 Great Drinks for When You’re Pregnant

Here I am 25 weeks pregnant! Our little girl is due at the end of March 2017 and Dan and I are so excited to meet her. Hooray for babies and big life changes!

You may also have noticed that the site has undergone a big redesign! Isn’t it fantastic? It’s all thanks to my wonderful husband, Dan Lazin, who has been working so hard on it for me (and you!) for ages. So glad it’s here and now we have the infrastructure to share more fun stuff with y’all.

So that’s it in terms of the announcements. On to the recipes!

This post is really for my fellow pregnant ladies. Here are 4 drinks that I have been enjoying and that can (if you close your eyes and believe) maybe fill the gap of a crisp glass of wine. They all include seltzer which is my favorite thing right now and it helps make sure I’m getting enough water at the same time as enjoying my special beverage. I hope this could be helpful for anyone else in a similar position or anyone who is not drinking for any other reason.

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Hopeful Happenings and How I (and Maybe You) Can Get Out of This Slump

Last week I had an experience I feel compelled to share in the hopes that it might resonate with even one of you.

Quick context: This year of news and this election cycle have been awful. If you are the sort of person who pays attention to the news it can feel like everyday brings more injustice, fear and pain. Lately I’ve been feeling weighted down by it. On the one hand, I’m disgusted and on the other hand I’m obsessed. Each day I can’t seem to get going on work or personal projects until I have consumed every piece of news. And then I kind of fall face first into my day feeling sad, desperate and often unmotivated. I know I’m not the only one.

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Banh Mi Salad

large bowl and small bowl of banh mi salad with dish towel

A banh mi is one of the best sandwiches on earth. So as a salad? I’m so here for it!

I just don’t like mayo. My potato salad uses lemon and olive oil instead of mayo, my egg salad has as little as possible, I don’t need gobs of it coming out of my BLT. And yet there is a strange exception. On a Banh Mi the creamy, tangy mayonnaise is just delicious. In fact, when it’s a gooshy bite with (dare I say) a little too much mayo? Well, those are the best bites. I savour them and close my eyes. WHO AM I?

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Hi, I'm Leanne Brown. I’m a bestselling cookbook author. I want to help you find peace, healing and freedom through cooking.

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